Cranberry Kir Royale

TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 15 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen cranberries, plus 1/2 cup for garnish
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
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Directions

Add cranberries, orange juice, zest and sugar to a large pan and set over medium heat until berries break-down slightly and liquid is syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes. *Pour into a blender and process, be careful of the hot liquid expanding when you blend - use a towel over the top of the blender.

Strain and discard any solids then set aside and cool.
Pour 2 tablespoons of cranberry-orange syrup into the bottoms of 4 chilled champagne glasses. Add a few cranberries to each glass and gently top off each glass with Champagne.

*When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.
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